Rising to the challenge of the 21st century knowledge economy
TOMAS CLAUDIO MEMORIAL COLLEGE (TCMC) is the pioneering private higher education institution in the eastern part of Rizal Province.
Founded on August 15, 1950 by the bayanihan spirit of the community folks along the lakeshore towns of the province, notably from Morong, Teresa, Baras, Tanay, and Cardona, TCMC was named in honor of Tomas Claudio, a national hero from Morong, who died as a soldier fighting for democracy during the World War I.
Among its founding fathers were business and community leaders Jose Angeles, Jose Alegre, Domingo Soriano, Atilano Bautista, Sinforoso Balajadia, Onesimo Soriano Quintin San Miguel, Feliciano Nora and Anacleto Francisco; and educators, like Vitaliano Bernardino, Isabelo Tupas, Monico Mateo and Serapio Cruz. There were other educators, professionals and ordinary citizens who believed in the value of quality education, contributed and served in the early years of the college, like Daniel Francisco, Pedro dela Vega, Rosario San Miguel, and Agripino Constantino, some of who even served as volunteer faculty members. Its raison d’etre is service to the community, through delivery of quality education that is affordable, especially to those who cannot afford to send their children to colleges and universities in Manila.
The first TCMC building was erected in downtown Morong. Later, as it grew and its expanded facilities and buildings could no longer accommodate the number of students, it moved to its present location – a scenic and sprawling 12-hectare campus at the outskirts of the town, which is about a kilometer from the poblacion, along the national road.
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The high school department was first to transfer in 1989, followed by the college department in 1993, and the elementary in 1995. The College initially offered a two-year course leading to the Associate in Arts degree. Four-year baccalaureate-degree courses such as the Bachelors of Science in Education, Elementary Education, and Business Administration were offered in school year 1964-1965, upon recognition by the government through the then Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS). Other programs subsequently offered were Accountancy, Computer Science, Information Technology, Public Administration, Technical Vocational course and Nursing.
In 1975 a Graduate degree program in Education (MAEd) was started in consortium with the Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST). In school year 1989-1990, it was deemed that the College was qualified to offer its own graduate programs; thus, DECS granted a permit and recognized the offering of MAEd program of its own with support from the EARIST faculty. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) were subsequently offered in school year 1996-1997.
Past presidents of TCMC include Jose Angeles (1950-1960), Isabelo Tupas (1961-1968, both as academic director/president), Domingo Soriano (1964-1967 and 1974-1988), Aladdin Trinidad (1972-1973 and 1993-1997), Vitaliano Bernardino (1988-1990), Daniel Francisco (1991-1992), Honorio Ingal (1997), and Felino Angeles, Jr. (1997-Present).
Fifty-six years today and counting, Tomas Claudio Memorial College is poised to meet the challenges of the knowledge economy. It has continuously reengineered and "kaizenized" its academic offerings through curriculum development and enrichment and has introduced new courses that are responsive to the human resource requirements of the global community.
Business Accountancy and Teacher Education curricula were revised for relevance, sustainability, and conformity with progressive trends. Short-term technical-vocational programs in computer technology, care-giving and nursing aide courses were also improved through the use of new and better pedagogy and skills-training methods. It has established linkages with the larger society as well as with the professional organizations in the academic community.
TCMC president Felino Angeles, Jr. was recently re-elected first vice president of the Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAPSCU). As such, he is one of PAPSCU’s representatives to the Board of the Coordinating Council for Private Education Association (COCOPEA), an umbrella federation of private educational institutions in the country. COCOPEA serves as an influential mouthpiece of the private education sector for all its concerns, most notably those involving the interest and welfare of its member-institutions and their collective pursuit for quality education and academic excellence.
In response to calls from various education stakeholders and upon the encouragement of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), plans for more "ladderized programs" in business administration, computer science, and nursing are being pursued to cater to the growing demands of the global market for graduates equipped with relevant technical competency and skills, but without compromising the importance of a holistic liberal education that emphasizes desirable attitudes and value formation. TCMC is among the first group of educational institutions granted permits to offer such ladderized programs.
Likewise, parallel to strategic curriculum development and improvement, the College has also embarked on physical infrastructure development and upgrading of classroom, laboratory and library facilities. A brand new three-storey building that adapts to the rolling sylvan setting is the latest offering of TCMC to its growing student population. The new building houses the library, more conducive classrooms and laboratory facilities for computer and science courses, which are designed to promote better student services and wholesome teaching-learning environment. There are 17 student organizations recognized inside the campus representing various academic disciplines and various opportunities for extra-curricular activities such as sports, socials, and community extension services.
TCMC offers complete formal education programs from kindergarten, elementary, high school, ladderized technical/vocational courses, college and graduate school with masteral degree-courses in business, education, and public administration.
Over the years, it has produced graduates who have found gainful employment in either government offices or private corporations in Rizal and in the National Capital Region, among others. A lot, too, have found works abroad. The performance of its graduates in government licensure examinations has always been above the national average. It has produced more teachers serving schools in Eastern Rizal than all other Institutions (combined) in the area. Many local chief executives, including three incumbent mayors, were educated in TCMC, proof of its close ties with and respect accorded to it by the community.
Indeed, TCMC has come a long way – from a small community college, it has metamorphosed into a respected institution of learning committed to the pursuit for academic excellence and capable of rising to the challenge of the knowledge economy.